I'm sure you've seen these all over blogland, but we decided to make our own for our booth at the fair. We spent about $40.00 on the supplies, and it took Tanner about 5 hours to build. We had to stop in between to find our dog who decided to run away...but that's beside the point. He's back safe at home.
For those of you familiar with my Things Bloggers Do series, my first post was on DIY tutorials. As you know, I like to draw on things that I do to write them. Well, congratulations....you get to read one of my DIY tutorials. I'm apologizing in advance ;)
We still need to add the chairrail trim to the top, by the way.
Some things you might need:
- 10 1'' PVC poles (depending on what size you're going for, you may want to make it a completely different size..)
- Corresponding 1'' PVC connectors (You'll know which ones and how many you need once you draw out your plans)
- 2 8' sheets of plywood or other type of wood. We used MDF, it was a little less expensive. Plywood would definitely be more sturdy, however.
- About 6 yards of fabric of your choice
- 2 large dropcloths, white sheets, or fabric of your choice for the backdrop
- Paint (We used leftover stuff we had from our cabinets)
- Frames. Vintage, thrifted, painted, whichever you like
- A drill & screws
- A jigsaw, skill saw, or other choice cutting device. (I don't recommend using a plastic knife).
- 1 8' piece of trim of your choice
Alrighty...so first you're going to put together your PVC frame. You can really do whatever you want here, but I'm going to post pictures of how we did ours. We used PVC because it needed to be portable and break down.
Step 1: Cut a hole in the box (just kidding...sorry for those of you who don't get that...)
Just showing you the back side...
Once you get your frame done, stand back and marvel for a bit, and then go get your frames...
Lay the big wall down and mark out your layout for the frames. My advice is to not place too many holes above each other...so that you don't get your body in the frame below if you're trying to be in the top one. Does that make sense? "I HAVE NO WIRE!?"
Stare.........make yourself look back at the project.
What? How did that get there again...........
Anyway...next, lay your fabric out. We measured down 5' and thats where our fabric stopped and paint began. Staple it around the entire area, pulling tight to reduce wrinkles.
Trim the excess, and warm up your iron. Iron everything and really press those wrinkles out. You don't want them showing up in your pictures!
Don't worry too much about making sure the paint line is straight, because you'll be putting a piece of trim where the paint and fabric meet.
While the paint was drying, I just had to play around with the wall..
Now put a couple screws where your picture frames will go, and hang them!
We ran into our first problem here, as we realized that we needed a solid backdrop. Stat. We hung some dropcloths and tied them to the top and bottom of the PVC frame in the back and sides. You could use sheets, different patterned fabric, whatever you wanted to use...
Tomorrow night, we will be putting the chair rail trim on, and hanging a few misc. photos on the wall to make it look more realistic. I'll make sure and post a final photo before we take it to the fair for our free photo booth! Have a super Monday. Email me if any of this is confusing..... :)